My top picks for realistic and affordable artificial Christmas trees. Many are on sale right now and ship to your door within a week!
Growing up, we typically had real Christmas trees in our home and I loved them! When I married and started a family of my own, I insisted we continue the tradition by purchasing fresh trees each year. The fresh-cut pine scent smells amazing and makes me so nostalgic! Then one Christmas, early on in my blogging career, I decorated a gorgeous 9 foot real tree as part of a sponsored campaign with Lowe’s. Gorgeous-9 ft-real-tree couldn’t handle the weight of the lights and ornaments and came crashing down to the floor in the middle of the night, breaking my most prized mercury glass ornaments and ruining my entire photoshoot.
That was the last year we purchased a real tree! While I still love the beauty of a real tree, I appreciate the convenience, reliability, and ease of my faux trees. I currently own five full-sized faux Christmas trees and have learned what I like in a faux tree. Today I am sharing some of my favorite trees I own, and a few that I don’t. All the trees have received good reviews and most are currently on sale.
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1. Fairy Light Tree
I purchased this tree last year from At Home store and it doesn’t look like they carry it any longer. I have linked a very similar one for you below that is currently on sale at Wayfair!
This inexpensive, 6.5 ft flocked tree from Walmart is only $69 and looks great when decorated! The lower height allows for a show-stopping tree topper.
I’ve had this color-changing flocked tree for several years now and it’s one of my kids’ favorites! The foot pedal allows you to change the light color with just a click. You can go from warm white, to colored lights, to blinking lights all with just a few clicks of the foot pedal.
What to Look for When Shopping for a Faux Christmas Tree
1. How tall should my Christmas tree be?
If you have standard 8 ft ceilings, you will want a tree that is between 6-7.5 ft tall. You want a minimum of 6 inches of clearance for assembly, tree stand, and tree topper. I personally prefer a taller tree in most rooms with 8 ft ceilings; however, in smaller rooms a 6 ft tree may look best. If your room has ten foot ceilings and up, a nine foot tree works well.
Most of the trees I have linked for you are between 7-7.5 feet; however, many of the links will offer you other height options if needed.
2. How are most artificial trees assembled?
Most faux trees are incredibly easy to assemble. They typically come with a collapsible metal base, and three or four tree sections that snap into place. I assemble and disassemble all of my trees every year and only need occasional help cramming them back into the attic at the end of the season! You want to look for Christmas trees that are easy to assemble with just a click and plug-in technology.
3. How many lights should my tree have and what color?
This is completely up to your personal preference. If you’re willing to go with a tree with less lights, you will typically spend less money on a tree. Tree lights do not last forever, so an unlit tree may be more economical in the long run if you don’t mind stringing your own lights. The tree below has 3000 fairy lights and is my favorite!
4. How round should the tree be?
Measuring the circumference of your tree is just as important as taking into consideration its height! I often stuff my trees into corners of rooms where skinny trees might work best. If you’re tight on space, search for slim Christmas trees.
5. Flocked or not? Are flocked trees going out of style?
Flocked trees go in and out of style over the years. We have seen flocked trees trending for the last decade now, and I think we are seeing a return to dark, lush-green trees. That being said, you will still see plenty of flocked trees this year! Purchase the trees that make you happy and look best with your existing decor.
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